Nerul by-elec­tion on Sun­day, par­ties in­ten­sify cam­paign

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NERUL: Top politi­cians and of­fice-bear­ers of all par­ties are cam­paign­ing vig­or­ously for the by­poll in ward 88 of Nerul, be­cause ev­ery seat now mat­ters in the city, where the po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion has be­come fluid.

The elec­tion is tak­ing place be­cause in­cum­bent Na­tion­al­ist Congress Party cor­po­ra­tor Shashikala Mal­adi died in Septem­ber last year.

The NCP has now fielded Shilpa Kam­ble as its can­di­date. For­mer min­is­ter Ganesh Naik him­self, along with for­mer MP Sanjeev Naik and mayor Sud­hakar Son­awane, has ad­dressed a pub­lic meet­ing for her cam­paign.

The party is also do­ing door-to-door cam­paign­ing. Cor­po­ra­tor Suresh Shetty has been ac­tively help­ing with the cam­paigns.

The Congress has once again fielded Nu­tan Raut, who had lost the last civic elec­tion from the ward.

The Congress, which had missed win­ning nar­rowly the last time, is de­ter­mined to change the nar­ra­tive. Congress city chief Dashrath Bha­gat, for­mer cor­po­ra­tor San­tosh Shetty and sev­eral of­fice bear­ers are cam­paign­ing in the ward.

San­tosh Shetty said, “Our can­di­date Raut is an ed­u­cated can­di­date from a good fam­ily who has worked for years. Peo­ple have seen my work for the past 30 years. They trust me, so we are con­fi­dent they will sup­port us.”

On the is­sues in the elec­tion, he said, “We will not make tall claims like 24x7 wa­ter, which NCP is promis­ing. We will do work that is achiev­able, and en­sure that the ba­sic needs of the peo­ple are ful­filled.”

The Bharatiya Janata Party has fielded Saraswati Patil as the can­di­date.

Shiv Sena and BJP lead­ers too have held meet­ings in the ward and ap­pealed for a change.

MLA Manda Mha­tre too is in­ter­act­ing with the vot­ers. She has been speak­ing of the de­ci­sions taken by the state gov­ern­ment that have ben­e­fited the city res­i­dents.

Mha­tre said, “We have re­solved is­sues such as pro­vid­ing ad­di­tional FSI for re­de­vel­op­ment of build­ings in Navi Mum­bai. Th­ese is­sues had been pend­ing for years, and we tack­led them within a year of our gov­ern­ment as­sum­ing power.”

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